OSAMU TEZUKA

The “god of manga”, Osamu Tezuka alone created comics with epic stories and established the foundation of anime culture in Japan. His legacy continues through his influence of many noted manga artists, including Fujiko F. Fujio and Mitsuteru Yokoyama (author of Tetsujin 28-go). Tezuka produced a series of popular manga hits for over 40 years until his death in 1989. The Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum, located where he grew up in Takarazuka, Hyogo Pref., and managed by Takarazuka City, exhibits a number of precious historical materials and works of manga and anime.

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One of his masterpieces, Tetsuwan ATOM (Astro Boy), became the first domestically produced 30-minute TV anime series in Japan. Tezuka not only drew the original manga but also handled the animation production. He adopted a method called “limited animation” requiring simplified motion while allowing the story itself to bring true strength to the work. This labor-saving technique had an enormous influence on subsequent Japanese anime works. Ribon no Kishi (Princess Knight), inspired by watching many performances of the all-girl Takarazuka Revue, helped establish a genre called “girl manga.” Black Jack, which drew on his knowledge as a medical doctor, helped launch the medical manga genre.

In the library at the Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum, you can see his works translated into various languages from around the world.

Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum

7-65 Mukogawa
Takarazuka-shi, Hyogo Pref.

GAME BAR
a gathering spot for grownups where old games are available
ANIME PILGRIMAGE
a quest to visit locations relating to stories and characters
FUJIKO F. FUJIO MUSEUM
manga master who “visualized” children’s dreams
BRAIN WAVE CAT EARS
cutting-edge tech joins Japan’s “fetish” (moe) culture
Public bathhouse
銭湯
Sake(Japanese rice wine)
日本酒
Mt. Fuji
富士山
Ramen (Japanese soup noodles)
ラーメン
Edo kiriko
江戸切子
Edomae Zushi
江戸前寿司
Harajuku girl
原宿ガール
Shinjuku
新宿
Shiisaa
シーサー
Umi-budoh
海ぶどう
Public market
公設市場
Okinawa soba
沖縄そば
Italy
Sengoku Muso
Malaysia
Final Fantasy VII Advent Children
Netherland
Odin Sphere
Mexico
Doraemon
The color wizard behind 80s kawaii revival.
How global fans see Japan: kawaii heaven.
Harajuku fashion is a way to express myself.
Introducing Japan’s latest arts to the world.
Secrets of autumn colors
紅葉
I am your Yuzen
友禅の色
Kyoto confectionary
京菓子
Modern jikatabi
モダン地下足袋
Tenugui (Japanese towels)
手拭
Department store basement
デパ地下
Japanese sake
日本酒
Wrapping
ラッピング
KATSUOBUSHI
鰹節
RICE CAKES
TEMPURA
天婦羅
ODEN
おでん
MANABU IKEDA
KOHEI NAWA
HISASHI TENMYOUYA
Nerhol
NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
NIIHAMA TAIKO MATSURI
SANJA MATSURI
NEBUTA MATSURI
KENDO
剣道
KARATEDO
空手
JUDO
柔道
SADO
茶道
EDOKIRIKO
江戸切子職人
SAMURAI AVATAR
侍アバター
KACCHU-SHI
甲冑師
KATANA-KAJI
刀鍛冶
GAME CENTER
GAME CENTER
SHOGI
SHOGI
GAME CREATOR
GAME CREATOR
SPACE INVADERS
SPACE INVADERS